The Ilur awaiting her shiny bits

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Getting There

The topsides had their fourth coat of navy blue, the interior its final coat of pale cream Multicoat and the thwarts and seats were dry fitted to make sure everything looked OK, and also it's nice to get some idea of what the fruit of all the work will eventually look like.

The bits and pieces arrived from Arthur Beale in London the other day, and next week I will begin the fitting out.

Meanwhile Steve Hall at North Sea Sails is working on the standing lug sail and cover.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Of Ffly, Ffools, Ffloods and Bouncing Bombs

You may recall that, as part of my extensive training to become commodore (I am hoping against hope someone will stand up and call my bluff when the time comes) I was foolishly obliged to sink and salvage a boat, which I managed to achieve to my fellow club officers' satisfaction in the aftermath of one of the Autumn's particularly nasty southerly gales.

Graham Lamond, from the FF association, who has advised us on many occasions, read of the sinking, and also the flood that struck my workshop around the same time. He writes:


I was sorry to read  that you had been flooded and that Ffly had been sunk. I know from personal experience what a trying time it is.

If you like irony - the following story may be of interest....

In May 1943 Lancaster aircraft from RAF 617 squadron attacked the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany, wreaking destruction on the homes, factories and inhabitants of those downstream. I am from Lancaster and as a boy, reading the book buy Wing Commander Guy Gibson 'Enemy Coast Ahead', ensured that the exploits of 617 were fixed firmly in my mind.

Sixty two years later, in June 2005, torrential downpours following a heatwave brought flash flooding to many villages in North Yorkshire. The old Victorian earth dam at the disused Boltby reservoir 3 miles up the valley from us partially gave way under the weight of water rushing into the lake from the surrounding moors. The resulting torrent swept down the valley causing plenty of destruction but, mercifully, no casualties until it passed through our village of Sutton under Whitestonecliffe, where it swept through our house like an express train on its way downstream.

My Flying Fifteen, 'Fettercairn' was in the garage and, secured to her trailer and she bobbed around until the levels fell, settling at an angle against the partially collapsed garage. Fortunately the damage was relatively minor and she was repaired to sail again, even though the insurance company wrote her off. Not so the house, which was a mess, as you now know yourself.

And the irony? One of the former names of Flying Fifteen 'Fettercairn' belonging to the boy from Lancaster was 'Dambuster' and her sail number?


All the best to you.


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Blue is the Colour...

First two coats of blue Multicoat on the topsides over the last two days, and varnishing the seats continues apace.

Lack of pale cream means the interior will wait, but that's no bad thing.

Meanwhile the shiny bits are on route, so the finishing line if not in sight is round the bend, up the hill and close by the pub.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday Night...

The aft seating is now away to be varnished. That's it until Monday although I often sneak in on Sunday afternoon so that Monday morning doesn't come as too much of a shock. Getting cold now in the workshop as winter draws in.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Since the last post things have been interesting. After the flood was cleared we were hit by a southerly that sank a boat or two and swamped a Flying Fifteen and now we are braced for the tail of Hurricane Gonzalez.

But the Ilur moves forward with thwarts and aft seating in and rudder and centreplate made.

Photos, as usual, tell the story better. One thing though, plywood boats need a lot of paint... and painting takes days and days to do well. At the moment it's all about fitting out, with nice oak and bits of larch to plane and sand.

The rudder I have faced in 9mm larch to disguise the plywood. I think a nice wooden rudder looks good at the back of any boat and the butt end of a larch board, where is splays out, is just the right shape either for the end of a plank or, in this case, the shape of a rudder stock. It's only cosmetic so you can choose according to grain and figure, rather than strength which the inner ply cheeks have aplenty.

Next stage is to finish the oak seating fore and aft, fit the rubbing strake and start on the floorboards by which time some of the shiny bits will be arriving from Davey...

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ilur Latest

Thwarts fitted, breasthook fashioned and mast thwart fashioned. The solid foredeck arrangement was modified in favour a separate breasthook/mast thwart so as to stow a small anchor in the bow.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Ilur Makes Progress

After the traumas of flood, weeks of fine weather when sailing my own boat became rather an attractive idea, the Ilur got back on track.

The inwales, centreboard cladding (my addition), framing and undercoating are done, and today I added the mast thwart and breasthook.

The photos tell the story better than I can, so here they are (in no particular order). And, good news, two more boats in the pipeline; very different. Fingers crossed. More anon...